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Marietjie Thomas, Travel Administrator 

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Marietjie Thomas joins the Ker & Downey® Africa B2C team as an accomplished Travel Administrator with over 15 years experience in the industry. 

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Born and Bred

Marietjie was born and bred in the countryside in KwaZulu-Natal on the east coast of South Africa.

Highlight of her time in the industry

Marietjie has traveled extensively and considers herself an expert in Namibia and the Great Kruger Park. I have a great passion for the country and have assisted a lot of clients tailoring self-drive and fly-in trips to different destinations in Namibia” Marietjie’s experience working for one of the Kruger Park’s major operators has also put her in good stead to advise clients. “I have a very broad knowledge of the Kruger Park concessions and the Greater Kruger reserves and have assisted hundreds of clients with their Kruger arrangements over the last few years.”

Travel Expertise

Marietjie has spent over 15 years working in various sectors of the travel industry. Her focus has predominantly been in sales and operations in both overland and luxury safari travel. A highlight of her time in the industry has been working with global teams developing unique, sustainable tour packages. She also played an instrumental role in a team that won a coveted Lilizela Award – an honor given to those who make a remarkable impact on tourism in South Africa.

Marietjie’s favorite destination in Africa

Marietjie’s favorite destination in Africa is Namibia. “There is something magical about Namibia. I love its beauty, the people and natural diversity. I have been traveling there since I was a young girl with my Namibian-born parents.” Morocco is next on her travel bucket list! 

Marietjie’s Top 3 Recommended Safari Lodges & Hotels

Greystoke Mahale Camp, Tanzania 

Wolwedans Dune Camp, Namibrand Reserve

Simbambili, Northern Sabi Sands

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